City council passes 3 bills relating to Honolulu’s homeless

The Honolulu City Council has passed three bills that pave the way for getting people off the streets.

Bills 42 (7 yes, 2 no), 43 (unanimous) and 46 (8 yes, 1 no) all passed their third reading in Wednesday’s full council meeting.

A fourth measure, Bill 45 (4 yes, 5 no), did not pass.

Bills 42 and 43 prohibit people from sitting or lying on public sidewalks and urinating or defecating in public places in Waikiki.

Bill 46 prohibits urinating and defecating in public places overall.

Bill 45 would have prohibited people from sitting or lying on public sidewalks from 5 a.m.-10 p.m.

The “sit-lie” bills make exceptions for people with medical emergencies or disabilities, parade watchers and others.

The three approved bills now head to Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell for approval.

A fifth bill that prohibits sitting and lying on sidewalks in certain business districts for 18 hours a day will be up for a final vote in October.

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